Is it best to Calibrate or Adjust?

Measuring instruments for pressure and temperature purposes are used in almost all areas of industrial manufacturing. As a result of continuous mechanical, chemical and thermal loading, certain instruments age and can consequently not guarantee the correctness of the measured value over the course of time. Through timely calibration, however, the modification of the measured value can be determined and thus if needed, an adjustment can be carried out.

Furthermore, standards and directives prescribe that the manufacturers must calibrate the inspection equipment which has a direct and indirect influence on quality. Amongst others, this is specified in the ISO 9001 standard. For a better understanding, the concepts of calibration and adjustment are clarified below.

To “calibrate” in measurement technology means to determine the measuring deviations in the complete measuring instrument. With calibration, there isn't any technical intervention at the measuring instrument, such as zero adjustment, span and linearity setting, etc. With indicating measuring instruments, calibration authenticates the measuring deviation between the display and what is claimed to be the correct value of the measurand. 

For example material measurements masses, the measuring deviation is defined by measuring the difference between the marking and the correct value. For measuring chains, one commands the deviation between the measured value of the output signal and the value that this signal should have an ideal transfer characteristic and a given input value.

“Adjustment” means setting or alignment of a measuring instrument (also a material measure) so that the measuring variations are made as small as possible or that the magnitudes of the measuring deviations do not exceed the fault limits. The adjustment accordingly requires an intervention which, in most cases, permanently alters the measuring instrument or the material measure, e.g. re-positioning the pointer or fitting a new dial.

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